As we move forward in the countdown of the Top 60 players at The U we take a look at No. 56: Defensive tackle Josh Holmes. The junior has been slowed by injuries in his career. But its time to put up or shut up...
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: Came to UM in 2006 as a consensus Top 25 defensive tackle in the country, rated 15th at his position by Rivals.com. He also played tight end his senior year at San Diego Point Loma High and chose the Canes over USC and Florida State.
> What he's done as a Cane: He's been plagued by injuries and made 10 tackles in just eight games as a Hurricane including the final six last year. He picked up his only sack against N.C. State. This spring, he came out alongside Joe Joseph on the first team defense at tackle, but didn't make any tackles in the game. He also didn't come out among any of the top scorers in Andreu Swasey's testing this spring.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: It's basically put up or shut up time for Holmes, who at 6-foot, 280 pounds has a talented group of bigger freshmen and sophomores breathing down his neck for playing time. Holmes' gift is supposed to be his speed and ability to get to the quarterback on passing downs. But if doesn't do that well enough early, look for Shannon and new defensive coordinator John Lovett to lose patience quick and give some one else the opportunity.